Latin

The courses below are offered through the Department of Classics.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

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212-854-3902
classics@columbia.edu
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Directory of Classes

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LATN G6154 Latin Paleography. 0 points.

This course will survey the history of Latin manuscript books and Latin scripts from late Antiquity to the early years of printing (4th -15th century). Students will study the questions that have driven the field of paleography since its inception, and the canonical history of the main scripts used in Western Europe through the end of the Middle Ages. We will consider the manuscript book as a physical artifact, in a codicological approach; and we will look at the production of books in their social and political settings. Students will develop practical skills in reading and transcription, and will begin to recognize the features that allow localization and dating of manuscripts. We will use original materials from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library whenever possible.

LATN G6330 Textual Criticism. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

We reconstruct the ancient world in part from ancient literature; we reconstruct ancient literature largely from manuscripts written long after the works they contain. How do editors reconstruct texts, and how can we judge their reconstructions? This course will examine the history of classical texts from antiquity to the fifteenth century and the theory and history of editing texts from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis will be on classical Latin literature, but some consideration of Greek texts may also be useful.

LATN G8009 The Image of the Book in Roman Literature. 3 points.

This course will consider ancient Roman Literature, from the Republican period to late antiquity, as an evidentiary base for the study of the ancient book.  This course is intended to expose students to the main body of evidence for the object and uses of the Roman book, which is crucial to any understanding of ancient literature qua literature.  Students will become familiar with a wide body of evidence, and encounter a diverse range of texts.  Students will also become conversant in important and current scholarly and methodological debates about the materiality of literature, and the nature of the book and literacy in antiquity, and the place of material studies in Classics.  Students will undertake an independent research paper which they will present to the classmates at the end of the semester.

LATN G8206 Apuleius' Metamorphoses. 0 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A close examination of Apuleius' Metamorphoses.

LATN G8223 Silver Epic. 3 points.

The Epics of the Silver Period of Latin with an emphasis on close-reading.

LATN G8225 Rhetoric, History, and Power: Cicero's Brutus in Caesar's Rome. 3 points.

A close analysis of Cicer's Brutus in its many contexts: as a responce to Caesar's dictatorship; as an account of oratory and rhetorical practices in Rome; as the first extant attempt to write an intellectual history of Rome, defining and defending Cicer both against the past and against the present.

LATN G8243 Livy: Beyond Early Rome. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Readings from Livy, with special attention to Scipio the Elder.

LATN G8250 Ovid: Politics, Literature, and Influence In the Augustan and Silver Ages. 0 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This seminar will offer close readings of a selection of Ovid's major works, with emphasis on their relationship to the politics and major literary developments of the age in which he wrote; texts will include Metamorphoses 3, 6, and 15; Fasti 4 and 6; Ars Amatoria 3; and selections on his exilic writings. Key developments in modern critical analysis of Ovid and (late-) Augustan culture will also be discussed, with selected secondary readings assigned.

LATN G8260 Ennius. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A close reading of the fragments of Quintus Ennius, including dramatic, epic and philosophical texts. Particular attention will be paid to Ennius' double role as Hellenistic poet and as the first self-conscious creator of and independent Roman literature.

LATN G8280 Pagans and Christians In Late Antiquity. 3 points.

The conflict of religions in the late fourth and early fifth centuries in its political and social context. Artistic and literary manifestations and documentary evidence.

LATN G8453 Varro. 3 points.

Marcus Terentius Varro (116-27 BCE) was, without question, the most prolific as well as one of the most original Roman scholars: the author of some 75 scholarly works, 150 satires, poems, and dialogues of popular philosophy.  Of this vast output, what survives is one complete work, his treatise on agriculture (De re rustica) in three books, written near the end of his life, and a substantial portion (books 5-10) of his 25-book treatise on the Latin language.  In addition, there are several thousand fragments of his other works, including significant numbers from his Antiquities (the founding work of antiquarian research), his Disciplines (particularly On Philosophy), and his Menippean Satires.  There has been no attempt at a complete edition of the fragments since the sixteenth century. The goal of this course is to introduce graduate students to Varro, whose writings, though fragmentary, played a crucial role in later approaches to the early history of Rome, Roman literature, and the Latin language as well as providing an important foil to Augustine's Christian refutation of Roman ideals in City of God.  We intend to view him both within the history of the literary and scholarly genres he engaged with (and to some extent created) and in the context of his interaction with his intellectual contemporaries, in particular Cicero and Caesar.

LATN GU4009 Tacitus: Writing Autocracy. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN V3012 or the equivalent.

Since the content of this course changes from year to year, it may be repeated for credit.

Fall 2017: LATN GU4009
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 4009 001/10929 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
424 Kent Hall
Katharina Volk 3 10/20

LATN GU4105 Latin Literature of the Republic. 4 points.

Prerequisites: at least two terms of Latin at the 3000-level or higher.

Latin literature from the beginning to early Augustan times.

Fall 2017: LATN GU4105
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 4105 001/77491 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
318 Hamilton Hall
Katharina Volk 4 15/20

LATN GU4106 Latin Literature of the Empire. 4 points.

Prerequisites: at least two terms of Latin at the 3000-level or higher.

Latin literature from Augustus to 600 C.E.

Spring 2017: LATN GU4106
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 4106 001/86098 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Gareth Williams 4 11

LATN UN3012 Augustan Poetry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN V1202 or the equivalent.

Selections from Vergil and Horace. Combines literary analysis with work in grammar and metrics.

Fall 2017: LATN UN3012
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3012 001/70940 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
834 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Darcy Krasne 3 13/30

LATN UN3033 Medieval Language and Literature. 3 points.

Prerequisites: four semesters of college Latin or the instructor's permission.

This survey focuses on translation, grammatical analysis, and discussion of the literary and cultural contexts of medieval Latin prose and poetry. It includes widely read texts by major authors (e.g. Augustin, Boethius, Abelard and Heloise, Bernard of Clairvaux, Petrarch) as well as lesser-known anonymous pieces (e.g. love lyric from the Cambridge Songs and the Carmina Burana, poetic satire from a rotulus, and a novel, the Historia Apollonii).

Fall 2017: LATN UN3033
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3033 001/74193 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Carmela Franklin 3 10/20

LATN UN3980 Post-Baccalaureate Seminar. 3 points.

Open only to students enrolled in the post-baccalaureate certificate program in Classics.

This seminar aims to provide students in the post-baccalaureate certificate program with opportunities 1) to (re-)familiarize themselves with a selection of major texts from classical antiquity, which will be read in English, 2) to become acquainted with scholarship on these texts and with scholarly writing in general, 3) to write analytically about these texts and the interpretations posed about them in contemporary scholarship, and 4) to read in the original language selected passages of one of the texts in small tutorial groups, which will meet every week for an additional hour with members of the faculty.

Fall 2017: LATN UN3980
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3980 001/15723 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Elizabeth Scharffenberger 3 0/15

LATN V1120 Preparation for Intermediate Latin. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A one-term intensive review of the basic grammar and reading skills; designed for students who have had some Latin in the past but need further instruction to qualify for LATN V1201.

LATN V1201 Intermediate Latin I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: LATN V1101-V1102, or LATN V1121, or the equivalent.

Selections from Catullus and from Cicero or Caesar.

LATN V1202 Intermediate Latin II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: LATN V1201 or the equivalent.

Selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses and from Sallust, Livy, Seneca, or Pliny.

LATN V3013 Classical Latin Prose. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN W1202 or equivalent

This course is intended to complement Latin V3012: Augustan Poetry in providing students I a transition between the elementary, grammatical study of Latin texts to a more fluent understanding of complex literary style.  Latin V3013 will largely concentrate on different styles of writing, particularly narrative, invective, and argument.  Text will be drawn primarily from Cicero’s orations, with some readings form his rhetorical works.

LATN V3320 Intensive Reading Course. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN V1201-V1202 or the equivalent.

This course is limited to students in the Postbaccalaureate program. The intensive reading of a series of Latin texts, both prose and verse, with special emphasis on detailed stylistic and grammatical analysis of the language.

LATN W3908 The Post-Baccalaureate Seminar. 3 points.

Open only to students enrolled in the post-baccalaureate certificate program in Classics.

This seminar aims to provide students in the post-baccalaureate certificate program with opportunities 1) to (re-)familiarize themselves with a selection of major texts from classical antiquity, which will be read in English, 2) to become acquainted with scholarship on these texts and with scholarly writing in general, 3) to write analytically about these texts and the interpretations posed about them in contemporary scholarship, and 4) to read in the original language selected passages of one of the texts in small tutorial groups, which will meet every week for an additional hour with members of the faculty.

LATN W4008 Cicero. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: LATN V3012 or the equivalent.

An introduction to the range of Ciceronian public writings and to the social and intellectual context in which they were composed. Selections from all the major genres of his works.

LATN W4139 Elements of Prose Style. 3 points.

Prerequisites: at least four semesters of Latin, or the equivalent.

Intensive review of Latin syntax with translation of English sentences and paragraphs into Latin.

LATN W4140 Latin Stylistics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN W4139 or the equivalent.

The goal of this course is to improve students' knowledge of Latin style through reading of selected texts and exercises in imitation of the style of the various authors. The course assumes a very good reading knowledge of Latin.

LATN W4150 The Latin Language. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: LATN V3012 or the equivalent.

Introduction to the development of the Latin language, including historical phonology and morphology, archaic Latin, the development of literary Latin, and colloquial and vulgar Latin texts.

LATN W4160 Latin Language, Culture, and Identity in Ancient Rome. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: LATN 3012 or equivalent.

An introduction to the Latin language: linguistic analysis of morphology and phonology combined with exploration of its cultural significance as an artificial construct. Topics to be considered will include: the struggle over 'Latinity' in the first century BCE; the problem of 'vulgar Latin'; the role of the grammarian as guarantor of social order; archaism and linguistic innovation.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.